Championship weekend ended with few surprises, as most of the favored teams won their games. The playoff selection committee now has their hands full, as there are a couple of teams vying for that last playoff spot. By winning their conferences, Florida State, Alabama, and Oregon are virtually guaranteed a spot in college football’s first playoff.
Florida State wrapped up a second consecutive undefeated season with a 37-35 win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game. The game was a shootout in the first half, with both teams marching up and down the field and scoring at will. The action slowed in the second half, and FSU didn’t need late game heroics for once to pull out the win. The Noles have won 29 straight games and 3 consecutive ACC Championships.
Alabama took care of business in the SEC Championship, thumping Missouri 42-13. The Crimson Tide jumped out to a big lead early, but Missouri was able to claw its way back into the game in the third quarter. After leading 21-3 at halftime, Alabama gave up 10 points in the third to allow Missouri to pull within 8. Bama removed any doubt as to the outcome of the game with a 21-0 fourth quarter, giving them the win and their 24th SEC title. Alabama heads into the playoffs looking like the strongest contender of the bunch.
Oregon overcame a slow start to demolish Arizona and avenge their only loss of the season. The Ducks crushed the Wildcats 51-13. Heisman candidate QB Marcus Marotta threw for 313 yards, 2 touchdowns, and also rushed for 3 touchdowns. The game was decided in the first half, where Oregon built a 23-0 lead. Oregon figures to receive one of the top two spots in the playoff rankings and will likely play a national semifinal at the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State leapfrogged TCU and Baylor in our rankings to grab the number 4 spot thanks to a dominating performance in the Big 10 Championship game. The Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 59-0, despite the fact that they lost another quarterback in the regular season finale against Michigan. Ohio State trotted out their third string quarterback and demolished the Badgers. The fact that they were able to shut out a good Wisconsin offense sealed the deal. Coach Urban Meyer has built another strong team, and they deserve a chance to be tested against the best in the nation.
1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oregon Ducks
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
5. Baylor Bears
6. TCU Horned Frogs
7. Mississippi State Bulldogs
8. Michigan State Spartans
9. Kansas State Wildcats
10. Ole Miss Rebels